For Bar Association President, Loyola Planted Seeds of Leadership
Whenever alumna Cyndie M. Chang ’03 returns to the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles campus to speak to groups of students about developing their careers, she urges them to become involved in bar association activities. “They offer so many resources,” she said, including opportunities for members to learn, serve and network.
Chang followed her own advice as a Loyola student. She was a class representative in the Student Bar Association and a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association chapter – just a few of Loyola’s myriad student organizations. “That kind of civic-mindedness and community involvement were instilled in me early on,” Chang said.
Now the office managing partner in the 750-lawyer firm Duane Morris LLP, Chang became the president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in November. The group is a bar organization representing 50,000 lawyers and more than 75 national, state and local bar groups across the country and serves as the national voice of the Asian Pacific American legal community. It advocates on issues such as diversity in the legal profession, civil rights and the advancement of Asian Americans in the legal profession, aside from being a resource for professional development for its members.
In addition to leading the association, Chang heads the Duane Morris office in Los Angeles and is a litigator focusing on complex business disputes that range from insurance coverage to trademarks to real estate.
Chang’s desire to become a trial lawyer was one reason she chose Loyola Law School after graduating from Johns Hopkins University. Loyola attracted her because it “had a great reputation, a solid alumni base, a beautiful downtown campus and was well-known for its trial advocacy programs,” she said.
As a student, Chang belonged to the school’s National Moot Court Team and the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. A former journalist, she was an editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer magazine.
“It was enjoyable going to law school,” Chang said. Students were collaborative, not competitive, and professors were caring and involved. “I certainly think that the advocacy programs and the faculty at Loyola fostered confidence in our preparation to be excellent lawyers.”
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